Salsa Beef and Bean Lettuce Cups

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I went to bed the other night all prepared to make delicious little calzones for the family’s dinner the next evening. The next day, the temperature outside was roughly that of the surface of the sun. And humid. Now I don’t know about you, but when it feels like a giant sauna outside, I am…

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English Muffin Bread Pizzas

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I’ve entered that parenting stage where I am, apparently, running a taxi service for my children. I always thought the whole “Mom’s Taxi” thing was a cliché. It isn’t. Clearly. I mean wow. I’m still having trouble mentally adjusting to the fact that I’m a grown up, let alone that  I have an honest-to-goodness teenager…

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Southwestern Egg Rolls | Make Ahead Mondays

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My love of all foods Southwestern is deep and abiding. From tacos to burritos (breakfast and otherwise), quesadillas, nachos (grande or humble), tortilla soup and everything in between, I can’t resist. Well, maybe I can resist, but I’ve honestly never tried because I don’t want to give up any opportunity for any of those heavenly…

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Waffle-Iron Ham and Cheese Paninis

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We all know how I feel about ham and cheese. It’s no secret that I love it truly, madly, deeply… The world’s simplest ham and cheese is good enough, no doubt, but everyone knows a toasted ham and cheese is even better. And when you compress that sandwich while it’s toasting -á la panini- you…

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One Pot Tex Mex Pasta Toss

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Yesterday, I banged the drum for playing with your food and above is my proof of why that is a virtuous kitchen activity. You are looking at a creamy tomato pasta with chorizo, black olives, cilantro, sour cream and candied jalapenos. …And scene. No. It doesn’t really end there, although since we are two days…

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Creamy Tomato and Bacon Linguine

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Oh, I know. Thursday is Thanksgiving, but we DO have to eat between now and then, and I’m thinking we all need something simple and satisfying that does, most emphatically, not involve turkey. Add to that the fact that it’s seriously cold (at least where I am) and we need something comforting, too. Simple, satisfying,…

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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Update with a correction: In the recipe, I accidentally forgot to include the whole jalapeno pepper that I simmered with the sauce. It will be good without it, but it’s great with it. I have modified the recipe to reflect the correction. This plate of Chicken Tikka Masala (because that’s what it is) represents a…

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Spinach Bacon Cheddar Munchy Cakes

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My name is Mrs. Bacon Onion Cheddar-Spinach, but you can call me Mrs. Spinach. I loved spinach so much that I married it. Er, not really, but you get the point. Spinach. Sigh. This is a bittersweet story. For years, I didn’t cook spinach as much as I’d like because my kids -most of ‘em…

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